Five Contemplations Before A Meal 食存五觀

Our translation team worked on a translation of the Five Contemplations which is used before we take meals in the monastery:

    This offering is the fruit of many's work and care;
    Reflecting on my conduct, "Am I worthy of a share?"
    Be wary of the poisons, the foremost being greed;
    Seeing food as medicine, I take only what I need,
    Solely for cultivation, to realize the Buddha Way.
    With gratitude I accept this offering today.


(It is slightly modified from the excellent version Shifu got from Rev. Heng Sure of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery.)


食存五觀
計功多少,量彼來處
忖己德行,全缺應供
防心離過,貪等為宗
正事良藥,為療形枯
為成道業,應受此食

 


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